When back surgery is your best option to relieve chronic pain or improve your mobility, choose UNM Health – New Mexico’s only provider of minimally invasive, endoscopic spine surgery.
Ask for a Referral
You’ll need a physician’s referral and a recent MRI or other imaging test results (obtained within the past 12 months) to schedule a consultation with a UNM Health neurosurgeon. For more information, talk to your doctor or call our neurosurgical coordinator at 505-994-7336. We’ll contact you within five business days of receiving your doctor’s referral.
Do I Need Back Surgery?
Your doctor may recommend surgery if conservative treatments, such as rehabilitative exercises and nerve blocks, don’t improve symptoms caused by conditions such as:
- Degenerative disc disease
- Herniated discs
- Radiculopathies (nerve root disorders)
- Spinal stenosis
- Spine and spinal cord injuries
- Spondylosis (spine degeneration)
Surgery also may be part of your comprehensive care plan if you have a spine tumor.
Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery
Whenever possible, your neurosurgeon uses minimally invasive techniques to treat your condition. That means you may benefit from:
- Smaller scars
- Less tissue damage
- Less pain
- Faster recovery
- Shorter hospital stay
Endoscopically Guided Laser Spine Surgery
At UNM Health, you gain access to neurosurgeons with experience performing endoscopically guided laser spine surgery. This advanced technique uses tiny tools a sixth of the size of those used in regular minimally invasive back surgery and up to 1/20th the size of what might be used in a conventional back operation. That means you need smaller incisions and may experience less risk of complications.
You’ll find endoscopically guided laser spine surgery at only a few hospitals in the country, including the Anthony T. & Eileen K. Yeung Center for Endoscopic Spine Surgery at UNM Sandoval Regional Medical Center.
Spine Surgeries We Offer
Find the full range of spine surgeries at UNM Health, including:
- Cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) disc replacement – Replaces a problematic disc with an artificial one
- Cervical (neck) and lumbar (lower back) rhizotomy – Eliminates nerve roots to relieve pain and muscle spasms
- Discectomy – Removes part or all of a disc
- Spinal fusion – Fuses together two or more vertebrae
- Spine decompression – Relieves pressure on your spinal cord and nerves
- Spine reconstruction – Corrects the alignment of your spine
- Stereotactic radiosurgery – Uses focused, high-dose beams of radiation to destroy tissue without making any incisions